Fonds RLM - Robert L. McDougall fonds

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Robert L. McDougall fonds

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  • 1933-2009 (Creation)
    McDougall, Robert L.

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  • 1.80 m of textual records
  • 9 audio cassettes (9 hrs.)
  • 12 audio discs
  • 2 videocassettes

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Robert Law McDougall was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia on July 28, 1918. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Economics and Political Science from the University of British Columbia. In 1940, he received his Academic Certificate from the Department of Education at the University of British Columbia. From 1941 to 1945, McDougall served overseas with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. He saw action in Sicily and Holland. Upon returning to Canada in 1946, he taught Veterans classes at the University of British Columbia. In 1946, McDougall enrolled in the Masters program at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Masters Degree in Canadian Literature in 1948. Dr. McDougall obtained his Ph.D. in Canadian Literature from the University of Toronto. After graduation, Dr. McDougall joined the teaching staff at University College, University of Toronto. In 1957, he joined the English Department at Carleton University. Dr. McDougall established the Institute of Canadian Studies and served as Director until 1967. During this time, he served as the General Editor of the Carleton Library Series, working in conjunction with J.G. McClelland of McClelland and Stewart Publishing Company, reprinting Canadian works. Dr. McDougall was a member in University life. He served on numerous committees like the Ph.D. Committee for the English Department. He also served as an External Examiner for Ph.D. theses and oral examinations at other universities. Dr. McDougall was a member of the Carleton University Senate. He was also on several other committees such as the Governor's General Award Committee. He was a founding member of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Dr. McDougall held the post of International Chairman of the Association from 1968 to 1971. He was an editorial advisor for the periodical, Australian Literary Studies from 1966 to 1984. Throughout his career, Dr. McDougall lectured on Canadian writing in Australia, India, Great Britain and the United States. Dr. McDougall has contributed short articles and book reviews to various periodicals such as the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Ottawa Citizen and the Queen's Quarterly. In 1964, he co-authored a book with Robin Harris called the Undergraduate Essay. He also wrote several books: The Poet and the Critic, correspondence between E.K. Brown and Duncan Campbell Scott (1985), Totems: essays on the cultural history of Canada (1990) and A Narrative of War (1996). In 1983, colleagues and family endowed the R.L. McDougall Award in recognition of his 25 years of service in the Department of English. He retired from Carleton University in 1983. Dr. McDougall received an honorary Degree (Doctor of Literature honoris causa) from Carleton University in 1988. Dr. McDougall passed away in 2000 at the age of 82. In 2002 the Robert McDougall Scholarship was established, given to a graduating student that, "is willing to break new ground in order to contribute to the intellectual and cultural history of Canada".

Custodial history

Some of Dr. McDougall's records were stored in his office. The first accession was made to the Archives by Dr. McDougall in 1995 and was stored in the Carleton University Library before being transferred to the archives. The second accession occurred in 1999 when the Department of Canadian Studies donated material to the archives. The final accession occurred on January 12, 2000 when the Department of Canadian Studies transferred several more boxes to the Archives.

The video tapes were donated to the Archives by Anne McDougall in 2004.

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Fonds consist of records that Dr. McDougall created and accumulated during his career with the Carleton University English Department and as Director of the Institute of Canadian Studies, and records relating to his involvement with assorted associations and his publications. There are fourteen series that comprise the fonds: Personal material (1957-1995); Personal correspondence (1976-1999); Professional correspondence (1957-1996); Lecture material (1975-1979); Course material (1959-1990); Unpublished material (1947-1995); Publications (1933-1998); Speeches and interviews (1967-1995); Institute of Canadian Studies (1958-1998); Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (1964-1985); Literary conference material (1959-1989); University committees (1957-1982); Non-university committees (1957-1978), and Miscellaneous files (1933-1991).

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